Avenge Porn and Stolen Naked Pictures BANNED on Twitter

13 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Twitter Moves to Prohibit Revenge Porn.

The microblogging site — whose CEO Dick Costolo recently admitted that Twitter “suck[s] at dealing with abuse” — updated its rules this week to ban the posting of “intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject’s consent.” Twitter cautioned that not all unwanted postings will be forbidden under the new rules — such as in the case of last fall’s celebrity photo hacking scandal that flooded Twitter with naked pictures of actress Jennifer Lawrence. Last month, Reddit took steps to ban revenge porn in response to a situation, the Fappening, in which private nude photos of female celebrities were shared widely on the site in August. “Last year, we missed a chance to be a leader in social media,” Reddit said.

Private information: You may not publish or post other people’s private and confidential information, such as credit card numbers, street address or Social Security/National Identity numbers, without their express authorization and permission. Threats and abuse: Users may not make direct, specific threats of violence against others, including threats against a person or group on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, or disability. Posting “revenge porn” images and video was made a criminal offence in England and Wales with prison sentences up to two years for those found guilty of posting content without the subjects consent.

The move by Twitter forms part of chief executive Dick Costolo’s push to try and make abusing people on the company’s platform more difficult and costly for those perpetrating the abuse while balancing freedom of speech. The changes went into effect Wednesday and Twitter said it would lock user’s accounts and hide content reported being in violation of the new policies. Twitter tripled the size of its abuse report team and vowed to crackdown on trolls that were causing outspoken members of the public and those in the public spotlight leave the service, hounded by organised campaigns of abuse aimed at silencing the minority or dissenting voice. But the site is likely to run into the problem of the ease with which users can create new accounts on the platform — a problem it has run into in its attempts to shut down the profiles of Isis extremists as well as Twitter trolls. Mary Anne Franks, a law professor at the University of Miami, told Slate last month that Reddit’s similar initiative might stem from “a desire to demonstrate that private companies can handle this problem themselves.” And government action may, in fact, be on the horizon.

Last month, the site reversed its policy on posting nude photos and videos after a high-profile leak of sexual images including those of Jennifer Lawrence. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts urged “the Department of Justice to intensify their efforts to investigate and prosecute the federal laws that criminalize the worst of this behavior.” In 2006, Congress recognized the real-life dangers of online harassment and amended the Violence Against Women Act to make online threats of death or serious injury illegal. Yet, even though it is a federal crime, federal prosecutors pursued only 10 of the estimated 2.5 million cases of cyber-stalking between 2010 and 2013. Of course, money and personnel are always needed to investigate crimes, but the truth is, online threats and harassment of women are just not a law enforcement priority.

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